Endometriosis causes inflammation in the lining of the abdomen and can trigger pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and infertility. That's why it’s important to diagnose endometriosis as soon as possible and develop an effective treatment plan, especially if you are in your childbearing years. We diagnose your condition quickly and offer a range of endometriosis treatment options, including surgery that preserves your uterus.
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Tests for Endometriosis
In addition to a gynecological exam, your doctor may order one of the following tests.
Ultrasound or MRI
These scans provide images of your uterus, ovaries, and other pelvic organs. Ultrasound scans and MRIs cannot diagnose endometriosis, but they may help your doctor see any effects or changes it causes within the pelvis.
Minimally Invasive Biopsy
A tiny camera inserted into your belly button allows your doctor to view the inside of the pelvis and search for signs of endometriosis. This is done as surgery with same-day discharge. When possible, our specialists perform “see and treat” laparoscopy, so we can diagnose and treat the endometriosis in one step.
Why Choose Duke
Experience Treating Endometriosis
We regularly treat many women with endometriosis and pelvic pain. This experience helps our doctors recognize the signs of endometriosis early and develop an effective and individualized treatment plan for you that includes the latest treatment advances.
Skilled in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery
Our surgeons are known for their expertise and skill in minimally invasive surgery techniques that will make your recovery from surgery faster and more comfortable.
Advanced OR Technology, Including Robotic Surgery
Our operating rooms are equipped with high-definition imaging equipment that can help increase the precision of your surgical procedure. When appropriate, robotic equipment may be used during minimally invasive procedures. This sophisticated instrumentation can assist the surgeon in completing a complex surgery in a minimally invasive manner.
A Team Approach to Your Care
Our doctors take a team approach to treatment for women with persistent pelvic pain. Your team may include a surgeon, physical therapist, and pain-management specialist. Our pain clinic offers many treatment options including medications, injections, and acupuncture.
Our Goal Is to Keep Your Reproductive Organs Intact
We understand that a diagnosis of endometriosis can be devastating to women in their childbearing years. We start your treatment by offering nonsurgical medical treatments and minimally invasive surgical options. Preservation of your fertility is a priority. We recommend hysterectomy as a last resort when other options have been exhausted.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. That is why our gynecology program is nationally ranked, and is among the highest ranked programs in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2022.